COUNTRY DIARY

SATURDAY: Ethnobotany talk and walk with Ian Edwards from Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, speaking on traditional, medicinal and cultural uses and folklore of plants. Corehead Farm near Moffat. Booking essential, Ed Glenwright, 07912423724 or email ed@bordersforesttrust.org

SUNDAY: Bluebell walk round the grounds of Bowhill House near Selkirk with ranger and gardener. 2-3.30pm, wear sturdy clothes and footwear. Over eights, children must be accompanied. £4.50, children £3.50, season tickets £1. Buccleuch Ranger Service, 01750 22204, bowhillranger@buccleuch.com

SUNDAY: Family bushcraft afternoon, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre near Ancrum. Learn about and collect resources from the woods, build a shelter, make fire and use this to cook foraged wild foods. 1-4pm, over-eights. Booking essential, £30/family. Contact Pete Carthy, 01835 869869, pcarthy@bee-active.org

TUESDAY: Borders Festival of the Horse, guided ride round Scott Country, 10.30am, followed by barbecue. Age 16 and above. £15, booking essential, contact Sandra Smith Maxwell, 07931 199606, cj.sm@virgin.net. Also: Guided ride around Jedburgh with the Nisbet and Jedburgh District Riding Club, age eight and above. 6-9pm. £10, under-16s and members £3, booking essential, contact Judith King, 07742 516125.

ThursDAY: Walk It, Earlston, 10-11.30am, age eight and over, children must be accompanied. Wear stout shoes and bring waterproofs. Free. Meet Rhymers Tower Café, next to Rutherfords Garage on A68, Earlston. Info: Denise Carmichael, 01835 825060 or denise.carmichael@scotborders.gov.uk